Monday, 16 October 2017

Newton Challenge 2017 30KM

So what do you do when your Polar Training program (that you kinda intermittently follow) requires you to run 2:15 for your long run?
Sorry, blur photo. Lazy to take another one.
I couldn't find any half marathon that was interesting enough (or near our home) to make me join them but one race caught my attention and that's the Newton Challenge 2017.

I joined the 25km category way back in 2012 and had a rather fond memory of it. Finished in 3:06 which was something I was rather happy with, at that time.

Lack of training notwithstanding and with regular training started again only two weeks ago, I had stupidly aimed for a 1:20 for the first 10K, a 1:25 for the second 10K and a 1:30 for the last 10K and with something like a sub4:30 finish or so (4:15 if I pushed). Kononnya la...

The 30km was flagged off a few minutes after 5:30 and just as we started to run, the azan subuh was heard. Some runners quickly made a detour to the nearby surau which was about 1K(?) away from the start line and some head to Petronas. Some, made a stop at a water station to perform their Subuh prayers.

Ah yes, water stations. I wasn't sure at what KM they were located since I didn't really study the route map (anyway, the route was pretty much the same as 2012 other than the additional route included to make it a 30K route) but I was surprised that the first water station was located at KM5.

Luckily, I was feeling good, without much drama (yet) and wasn't in need of a drink that early in the run.

The second water station was located at KM7.5 (do note that this is based on my Polar GPS reading as there were no distance markers along the route, other than the last 5km). Then it was at KM10+ and afterwards it was around KM13, followed by KM17.5 and so on.

The route was well coned off with traffic cones and marshalls were placed all along the route with visible route markers. Unlike way back in 2012 where there were dark stretches, the route is all well lit, 5 years on. The area sudah well developed lah.

I managed to follow the planned 8:00min average pace for the first 10km although I had to resort to walking uphill as early as KM6. And it was still pretty much on pace at KM15.

By the time I reached the first water station, the faster runners had already made a u-turn (one of many u-turns along the route) and a few friends hollered to me as encouragement. Even the pacers! 

After I made the first u-turn, I noticed a few runners cutting short the course. It wouldn't affect their official timing as there were no timing mats or checkpoints at all along the route. 
A few friend had caught up with me and after a short chat, they sped ahead while I just continued with my plodding.

I decided to take an energy gel at KM13 before I continued. It was truly an undulating route and with long climbs at each climb. I dunno why I love it the last time I did it. Hah hah

By KM18 I was a bit behind what I had planned to do but still on pace for a 4:30 finish. But it got progressively slower after that. I started feeling weird at around KM19 but still managed a 3-hour timing at 21K mark. Still surviving although I was a bit annoyed at myself for doing a 3-hour half marathon at that point. 

Trouble reared after that as I finally conceded that I needed a toilet stop. A long stop as tummy was giving me HELL. Luckily I reached Petronas station and I made a 15 minutes stop there. Adoi.

Petronas station stop done and off I went again but this time, I was unable to run again. My heart felt like it was pounding way too fast for my liking so I decided to slow down.

I bumped into another friend farther up along the route as he was going out from a neighbourhood surau for a stop too.

We walked and talked a bit before he sped off and I just continued with my walk. I tried a few times to start running but was feeling rather lousy so I decided not to push it. Got more hills to tackle and I wanted to finish and not collapse in the middle of my run.

KM22 onwards was rather boring and the sun came out in full force by this time. It was nice and cooling earlier and the route shady. Now, it's open and hot! Blergh.

Since I couldn't run, I just made sure I wouldn't walk too slow and managed a 11+ min pace for my walk. By this time I started questioning my sanity of joining anything that's above 21km. LOL

I walked with a fellow runner for the last 2km and we walked and chatted about our run, our next runs and how we don't want to join any more long distance run after this (and then we talked about our races in MKH 12-hour and Bukit Cinta Ultra. LOL)

I have to say, I walked faster with a running (or walking buddy) alongside me and we did an 11:07 pace for KM29, 10:30 pace for KM30 and around 9min pace for the last few hundred metres.

The route was a little bit over-distance but I got a reading of 30.90km. Probably from all the detour made to Petronas station lah.
I reached KM25 at 3:58 (iyer, that's almost an hour slower than what I did in 2012!) and it took me 5-hours to finish. Because I was so slow, there weren't any photographers waiting for us slow pokes at the finish line other than my Hubby. 

Thank you Hubby!

And because we finished after the 5-hours COT (I finished in 5:04), results also tarak. But at least was still given the medal and finisher tee lah.
With Jin and Hubby who had finished HSN21km the night before and tackling Newton 30K on Sunday morning
There were no refreshments available at the finish line so after some photos with friends, we went to Old Town Kopitiam for a drink. 

All in all, as a friend had said, this was a good LSD route. The event itself was really low-key but we were provided with the important basics - water, isotonic, banana, excellent traffic control and crew (both route marshall and water stations crews) and route markers. 

Only thing was, you had to rely on your own GPS watches to know the distance you've covered or ask the crews. 

I'm not sure whether there were any post-race refreshments because I know if there was any, it would've been finished by the time I crossed the finish line anyway.

Even when I did it in 2012, watermelons were almost gone by the time I crossed the finish line. Hahaha
Was it a good experience?

Definitely. I wouldn't have been able to do a 30K on my own at that kind of challenging route myself.

Will I do it again next year. Maybe. If someone sponsor my registration fee. LOL

Anyway, I'll have a very flat route to tackle this Saturday and Sunday at UM24 (it's on UM track) and at Augustman. We'll see how that goes, yeah?

Anyhoo, thank you to all the crews that were so supportive of us runners on Sunday! And don't ask about my rabbit ears lah. Itu sudah retire! LOL

Updates on results and photos taken by Hubby at the finish line can be viewed at Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura Facebook page. Do LIKE and FOLLOW us!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Saturday Brunch at IKEA

We had several errands to do on Saturday which included sending Son for his outing with his friends to Pusat Sains Negara (and picking him up later too!) and also collecting my race kit for Newton Challenge on Sunday.

I ditched my plan to join the 10K run at Fit Malaysia@HSN which held that Saturday and did a 5K run around my house instead, before we head out to send Son.

Since the Newton Challenge race kit collection was held at MyTown, Hubby and I had brunch at IKEA. So long never eat there already and I was craving for salmon. So ngam la go there makan salmon.
Hubby had the Pulled Salmon sandwich.
 I had the salmon with that vege cutlet thingy and vege. I love the sauce!
And we finished the meal with this absolutely awesome Salted Caramel Cheesecake (awesome la, it's only RM7.90) with free coffee which I got for being IKEA Family member.

Then it's off to collect my race kit and some shopping at MyTown. Even managed to get a pair of Airism leggings and sports bra which were on promotion. Yeay!
Few hours at MyTown and we  were in Bangsar pulak. 

Before a late lunch later (at 4pm), we had a snack. Auntie Anne's pretzel Buy 1 Get 1 promo from uMobile which Hubby redeemed.

It was only after 6pm that we made or way home. A full day out from home and I had a 30K run on Sunday! Hahahadoi.

But it was rather nice to go out with Hubby and "dating" also lah instead of just making him wait for me to finish whatever race I joined instead, right? ^^

Thursday, 12 October 2017


Jakarta's Female-fronted Alternative Pop/Rock Band to Rock the Stage at Indonesia Round
CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA, 11 OCTOBER 2017 – Aside from the high-adrenaline racing between top international riders at the Indonesia round of the 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship, the Saturday’s agenda will conclude on a high note with a performance by the legendary Indonesian band, KOTAK, which will be happening at 8:00PM (+7:00GMT) at The Park Mall, Solo. Entry to watch the race and concert is free to all visitors.

“The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is more than just a race for professional riders. It is an inclusive and family-friendly championship that encompasses fun-filled carnivals and concerts. We hope that these programmes will increase our engagement with the community, and leave a positive impact to all visitors at our championship,” said Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd.

KOTAK, a female-fronted alternative pop/rock band from Jakarta will stage an hour-long concert to entertain visitors. The trio group consisting of Tantri Syalindri Ichlasari (Tantri) on vocals, Swasti Sabdastantri (Chua) on bass, and Mario Marcella (Cella) on guitar, are known for their songs including ‘Pelan-Pelan Saja’ (Just Slowly), ‘Beraksi’ (In Action), ‘Masih Cinta’ (Still in Love), and ‘Tinggalkan Saja’ (Leave It).

The multi-award winning group with millions of followers, has toured and performed in various Southeast Asian countries. Debut in 2004 after winning The Dream Band talent contest on Indonesia’s TV7, KOTAK embarked on a spectacular lifetime journey including a team-up with Simple Plan for a new version of ‘Jet Lag’ in 2011.

The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship will commence at The Park Mall, Kota Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia on 14 and 15 October 2017, from 10:00AM – 6:00PM.
For more information, visit

FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; promoted by Asia Supersports Group; sanctioned by FIM Asia and Indonesian Motor Association (IMI); co-sponsored by Bold Xperience, and supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia), Kabupaten Sukoharjo, Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, SMM Asia Holdings, KRACKER Indonesia, The Park Mall, Telkomsel, Telkom, Solo Radio, Fave Hotel, Norifumi,,,, Indriati Hospital, Malay Mail, Kelab Blogger Ben Ashaari, and TX Sports.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Saturday's Birthday Outing

We were up and out early last Saturday, not because I had a race to run in but Son had class at school that he needed to attend.

While waiting forSon to finish his class, Hubby and I spent a bit of time walking around UM, following the route of a World Teacher's Day EDU Solidarity Walk & Run event which was a rather small event held that week at UM.

Then it was off for birthday gift shopping before lepaking at Bangsar watching KL Food Hunt participants raced around to complete their task with a pit stop in the area.
The birthday session was held at Chili's Mid Valley (which luckily for us, we went back before a fire broke at the mall later in the evening! @.@

It was Hubby's niece's 7th birthday and she had a Pokemon cake! So cute, right?
 Son had the Swiss Burger.
 Hubby had the Ultimate Beef Bacon Burger.
And I had the Ancho Salmon.

The salmon was nice, soft and flaky but I can't say I can taste the citrus-Chile sauce as it tasted bland and was better with some pepper and salt for me. Nothing to shout about for the rice.

Anyhoo, the really late lunch was nice and most of Hubby' siblings and family were there to celebrate the birthday. And that's what's important, right?

We left around 5pm and arrived home 10minutes to 6pm. I showered and changed into my running outfit and off we went to Putrajaya as I had ASICS Relay run to join afterwards. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Press Release: Over 2,200 runners take part in ASICS Relay held in KL’s City in a Garden

On 7 October 2017, more than 550 teams, each made up of four runners, participated in the ASICS Relay, marking the completion of the second leg of the event, which is taking place in four South-east Asian countries. The relay launched in Indonesia on 19 August.
The KL event, held in Putrajaya, attracted female and male runners, from 16 years old, and comprised fitness explorers, adventure seekers, health enthusiasts and recreational runners.

Guest-of-Honour Dato’ Mohd Nazifuddin bin Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib, Vice President of Olympic Council of Malaysia, flagged off the race at Anjung Floria. Runners sped towards theHeritage Square, passing various iconic buildings like the Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia and the Steel Mosque (Tunki Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque).

“We love the spirit of working as a team. The competition has been as much about an opportunity to run with friends as it was about the joy of running,” said Thanuja Ananthan, Miss World Malaysia 2009, who joined the run with her family as Team Kacang Panjang Pendek.

The ASICS Relay offers more than a competitive, team-bonding race. In each city, attendees are treated to music entertainment with local musicians and dancers, and a selection of food and beverages. The event continues in Singapore (4 November) before rounding up in Bangkok (2 December).

At the end of the series, travel vouchers worth about MYR9,000 (SGD3,000) will be presented to the teams that have clocked the fastest time in each race category.
Winners and Timing list Full marathon (42km): 
Male category 
1. Team Subra Running - 02:19:47

Female category
1. Team Pacesetters Malaysia - 03:16:47

Mixed category
1. Team Arul Running Club - 02:35:34

Half marathon (21km): 
Male category
1. Team Kelab Olahraga Sungai Besi - 01:16:32

Female category
1. Team Kyserun Krew Savannah - 01:48:08

Mixed category
1. Team Serious Runners - 01:16:24

For more event information, visit:
Facebook: @ASICSRelay
Instagram: @ASICSRelay
Official Hashtags: #ASICSRelay


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